MSA Modernist Studies Association 6th Annual Conference


Tourism Information (why you may love Tulsa)

Dining & Outdoor Culture:

Utica Square Shopping & Dining District
Tulsa's best shopping and dining can be found in the quaint "square" right in mid-town Tulsa. From the best breakfast joint in town (Queenie's) to the best steak (Flemmings), Utica Square offers a centralized, tree-lined space for everything the visitor to Tulsa needs, including a pharmacy, fine tobacco shop, wine & spirits store, and the ubiquitous Starbucks. The place is so darn charming, the famous Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko even wrote a paean to honor it. If the hotel shuttle is available, it will gladly take you to this area upon request.

Brookside Shopping, Dining & Dancing
Brookside is nickname Tulsans have bestowed upon a stretch of Peoria Ave. between 31st and 41st streets. It is the trendy place for the crowd who favors great dining (sushi), comfortable coffee shops (Shades of Brown), gelato, or great BBQ (Elmers). If you are looking for some of the best "outdoor" culture in Tulsa, this is the place to find it. If the hotel shuttle is available, it will gladly take you to this area upon request.

Cherry Street

Cherry Street is the original "place to be" in Tulsa. Founded by some lovely hippies back in the 70's, Cherry St. has grown into one of Tulsa's best places to live. The hippie vibe is still alive at "Peace of Mind Bookstore," where you can buy incense, or that out-of-print modernist book you've been looking for. Want to jig, or partake in a Guinness? Then try out Kilkenny's Irish Pub. And, if you are looking for the best Pizza in town, look no further than Hideaway Pizza. If the hotel shuttle is available, it will gladly take you to this area upon request. Also, you might just make the last Farmer's Market of the season in October, which takes over Cherry St. from 8-11am on Saturdays.

Tulsa Oktoberfest (October 19-22, 2006)
USAToday named Tulsa's Oktoberfest as one of the top 10 places to toast Oktoberfest worldwide. It's time to grab and stein and chickendance after modernism


Philbrook Museum of Art

Listed in the top 50, one of only five museums in the United States with a unique combination of historical home, art collections and gardens. Nestled in one of Tulsa's first neighborhoods is an Italianate villa set in 23-acres of lush gardens and tranquil grounds. Inside, the grandeur of Oklahoma's oil-rich 1920s is preserved and showcased along with fine art collections from around the globe. The dream of benefactors Waite and Genevieve Phillips, to create an art center for Tulsa, has established Philbrook as one of America's finest art museums…

Gilcrease Museum: The Museum of America
Home of the largest collection of western art in the world. The art collection includes over 10,000 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by 400 artists from colonial times to the present...

Price Tower Arts Center

The H.C. Price Company Tower is the only skyscraper built by Frank Lloyd Wright and inspired by a tree. This innovative building not only changed the horizon of the Oklahoma prairie, but also the world of architecture. This landmark destination serves local, regional and global audiences as a fine art complex dedicated to art, architecture and design.
And, it's only a 45-minute drive from downtown Tulsa

Tulsa's Architecture and Art Deco History
Tulsa's rise to architectural brilliance was precipitated by the oil boom in the 1920s; thus, the center of town is a jewel of Art Deco design. This site has pictures of deco buildings located in Tulsa

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art
The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art was founded in 1966 as the Gershon & Rebecca Fenster Museum of Jewish Art. Their purpose was to bring the local Jewish community an understanding of its heritage through artifacts, as well as to serve as a resource center for non-Jews to learn about Jewish history and culture treasures you might find here...

Visitor Information

Like all great oil cities of America's history, Tulsa was not built for pedestrians or public transportation. The hotel will offer free shuttle services to Utica Square, Cherry Street and Brookside if the shuttle is available; however, if you plan to be mobile, the organizing committee strongly suggests that you consider renting a car while you are in Tulsa. Tulsa International Airport does offer an array of rental car choices, including Hertz, Avis, National, Enterprise, Dollar and Thrifty. Hotel parking will be free for all conference attendees.

Doubletree Hotel Downtown Tulsa
The Doubletree Hotel is in the heart of Downtown Tulsa. The full service hotel is located in Tulsa's vibrant downtown business and entertainment district...
Google map of Hotel and Airport

Map of Tulsa and Attractions Surrounding the Conference Hotel (PDF)
There are great theatres, pubs and restaurants surrounding the hotel in Tulsa's trendy "Brady District," including the famous "Cains Ballroom," a place so cool that Bob Dylan decided to start his recent North American tour here

Tulsa International Airport
The airport is a short, 15-minute ride from the hotel

Tulsa Taxi Services
A list of taxi services in Tulsa

Tulsa Restaurant Guide
From BBQ to Vietnamese, Tulsa offers a rich dining experience

Best of

Another tourism site

"Green Country Tourism Site"

This site has a list of things to do in and around Tulsa

Route 66
The legendary road passes right through Tulsa and the edge of The University of Tulsa campus

Travel OK
A good site that includes tourism information for all of Oklahoma.

Tulsa Weather Information
October is usually a mild month with temperatures ranging from 50-80 degrees F (10-26 degrees Celsius). Be sure to bring a jacket and umbrella just in case--but summer clothes might serve you well too.


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Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the James Joyce Quarterly, the
Modernist Journals Project
, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, and the
Departments of English and Foreign Languages.

Organized by Sean Latham, Holly Laird, Joseph Kestner, and Bruce Dean Willis.

Image credit: The Chauffeur by Christopher Nevinson (courtesy of the Modernist Journals Project)

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